Malachite nectar bird

Applicants for LLF funding North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park is situated in Zambia's Eastern Province. Its area is 4,636 square kilometres, more than six times the area of Singapore. The park is part of a cross-border conservation area in Malawi and Zambia. IUCN has identified the park as one of the world's key biodiversity areas.

Frankfurt Zoological Society has assisted Zambia's national park authority for more than 30 years with regard to park management, including aspects such as eco-monitoring and wildlife counts, repair and maintenance of park infrastructure (buildings, fences, vehicles), and the implementation of the large development programme for local people.

Park administration costs have been rising for several years now. This is due, among other things, to increased investment in alternative income programmes for local communities, higher infrastructure maintenance costs (caused by climate factors), and rising costs resulting from increasing poaching.

The revenue side, by contrast, is characterised by a lack of predictability. Private and public donors typically provide their funding on a short-term basis.

Core financing for the Park from the LLF would cover some 20 per cent of the total cost on a crisis-proof basis.